Chick-fil-A can’t seem to keep itself out of the news as of late. Whatever else is going on, some sad news for the corporate family as the VP of Corporate Public Relations, Donald A. Perry, died of a heart attack on Friday morning, Columbus Georgia’s WRBL News 3 reports. The company confirmed the report in a statement to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
We are saddened to report the news to you that our dear friend Don Perry, vice president of public relations, passed away suddenly this morning.
Don was a member of our Chick-fil-A family for nearly 29 years. For many of you in the media, he was the spokesperson for Chick-fil-A. He was a well-respected and well-liked media executive in the Atlanta and University of Georgia communities, and we will all miss him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Mr. Perry had been dealing with the recent backlash surrounding Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy reply – “Well, guilty as charged,” when asked if his company had an established position against marriage equality. There have been protests outside of stores, politicians threatening to ban the company from cities (most notably Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco), and negative media attention from the likes of The Daily Show, The Onion, and most recently The Colbert Report.
While we here strongly disagree with Chick-fil-A’s policies and political beliefs, we don’t like to hear news of anyone passing away.